Shelbyville Daily Union

September 6, 2013

Statement from the Cowden-Herrick Teachers' Association

Shelbyville Daily Union

---- — The Cowden-Herrick Teachers’ Association met on Tuesday, September 3, to vote whether or not to accept the District’s proposal of August 29. The Association members voted unanimously not to accept the proposal and to move forward with the negotiation process. Thursday the Association asked for a joint request for mediation from the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service for assistance in contract bargaining with representatives of District 3A.

The Association began negotiations with Cowden-Herrick CUSD #3A on July 23 for a successor to the collective bargaining agreement that expired on June 30, 2013. Last week’s session was the fourth bargaining session.

Cowden-Herrick Teachers’ Association represents approximately 40 teachers, teacher aides, secretaries, bus drivers, cooks, and custodial staff.

The Association is very disappointed in the fact that only one school board member has been attending negotiation meetings for the last two sessions. The Association hopes to work with the school board the way they have in previous years to reach an agreement which values and promotes respect of the employees of the Cowden-Herrick Community Unit Schools.